Carnegie Mellon University

Summer Internship Experience Fund

The CMU Summer Internship Experience Fund will be available to current undergraduate students who are participating in off-campus, low paying or unpaid internships located in the United States during the summer of 2018. This is a needs-based grant which aims to help offset expenses incurred during internships. The Career & Professional Development Center will be coordinating the dispersal of Carnegie Mellon institutional funds that have been set aside to enable students to have a high-impact summer experience.

The CMU Summer Internship Experience Fund is designed to encourage early career experiences that will support students' academic goals and career exploration. It is open to all undergraduate students; however, preference will be given to students in transition (undecided, transitioning colleges, etc.) and those who would not be able to participate in a low or unpaid internship without additional funds.  The maximum amount of funding awarded  is $2,500.  

Students are able to begin submitting applications in Handshake beginning Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Completed applications (students have met with their consultant AND submitted an application in Handshake) will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are received until all funds have been dispersed, or April 6, 2018. 

  1. Secure an off-campus internship located in the United States.
  2. Bring your resume, offer letter and summer expense report with you to meet with your career consultant at the West Wing Career Advising Center.

  3. Save the PDF application to your computer and fill in the form completely. Once complete, please save the file as "SIEF18_studentname." You will be able to apply to the SIEF by submitting your completed application and resume to the SIEF job posting on Handshake.
  4. The final step is to complete your internship and submit your completed internship questionnaire to  

Which Students Are Eligible?

  • Current undergraduate Carnegie Mellon students returning to campus for the Fall 2018 semester
  • Students who have already received an offer for an off-campus, unpaid or low paying internship in the U.S. for Summer 2018

What Internships Are Eligible?

  • Internship experience must be shown to support students’ academic and career goals and development
  • Takes place during the Summer 2018 session: May 14, 2018 - August 12, 2018
  • Must be unpaid or low-paying
  • Must be an off-campus internship
  • Must be a minimum of six weeks and/or at least 180 hours total
  • Student must be supervised by a professional in the field throughout the entire internship

Before being granted access to apply on Handshake, you must:

  1. Meet with your career consultant to discuss your summer internship.
  2. At your CPDC appointment, you must present: your resume, expense report, and internship offer letter. 

If selected to be a recipient of this grant, you will be required to:

  1. Have at least three formal meetings during the summer with your work supervisor (on boarding, mid-summer evaluation, final evaluation).
  2. Complete the internship questionnaire from the CPDC about your summer experience and how it impacted your future career goals. Submit this to

Students are expected to find their own internships for this grant. The CPDC has many resources available to students on the website, at workshops and job fairs, and listed on Handshake. Students should consider attending our spring career fairs, as well as our early engagement events, Jumpstart and Internship Showcase:

  • Jumpstart - A networking and internship fair for Freshmen and Sophomores, undergraduates only
  • Internship Showcase - Connect with other students to learn what a great internship experience can do for your job search.

We also encourage you to meet with your Career Consultant to assist you in this process.  In addition, check with your academic advisor and network with family and friends to find opportunities.

January 16th

Students can begin submitting applications

April 6th

Final rolling submission deadline

March 1st - April 23rd          

Candidates notified of approval status as applications are reviewed

May 2018

Dispersal of Carnegie Mellon funds to students

September 2018

Internship questionnaire due date

When is the application due?

Completed applications (students have met with their consultant AND submitted an application in Handshake) will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are received until all funds have been dispersed, or April 6, 2018.

What is the difference between an internship and a job?

An internship is any carefully monitored work or experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. Internships vary widely from organization to organization. Some common characteristics of an internship include:

  • Is a time-limited experience that usually lasts about three months and occurs during the fall, spring or summer semesters
  • Is generally a one-time experience
  • Must be at least 180 hours and/or 6 weeks
  • May be paid or unpaid
  • May be part of a learning plan that the intern and career consultant develop together
  • Is different from a short-term job or volunteer work and has an intentional “learning agenda” in a structured work environment
  • Includes learning objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment
  • Has an existing employee working in the department/position to mentor and supervise the intern
  • Promotes academic, career and/or personal development